My copy of The Case of the Lame Canary is the one pictured here, the 23rd printing from 1954. It's probably been through dozens of more printings by now. I've had the book for years but hadn't read it. When I found myself in the mood for a Perry Mason case, I picked it up zipped through it.
It's impossible for me to summarize a Perry Mason book because they're all quite complex. This one begins with a woman who brings a lame canary (lame because of incorrect nail trimming) with her to Mason's office. She also brings a story that doesn't hold up very well that involves some smooching, an automobile accident, and a few other things. Mason takes her case only because of the canary, thinking that he's been fooled into taking an uninteresting case. He's soon proved wrong, as murder enters the picture, along with a mysterious arson investigator who was involved in the accident, a lot of lies, and a lot of legal hanky-panky. There's a race against time involved, too, as Mason has promised to take his secretary, Della Street, on an around-the-world cruise if the case is resolved in time.
How Mason arrives at the solution is a little questionable, and the summing up is complicated with a lot of little things, but Mason is, as always, eight or ten steps ahead of everyone else. The book is fast (I'm guessing 80% or 90% dialogue) and fun, and if it's a little hard to swallow the whole explanation, who cares? Now I'm feeling the need to read another of Mason's cases.